West Coast’s choice to recruit a homesick Tim Kelly on a expensive, huge cash deal on the finish of 2019 “just hasn’t worked”, in response to Herald Sun journalist Jay Clark.
The Eagles coughed up picks 14, 27 and 37, in addition to a future first spherical decide – which was used as a part of the deal to get Jeremy Cameron to the Cattery – in alternate for Kelly, who had performed simply 48 video games to that time.
But in his time on the Cats, the mature-aged recruit from South Fremantle was a runner up in Geelong’s finest and fairest rely in each 2018 and 2019 and a 2019 All Australian, whereas he additionally completed fifth within the Brownlow Count that very same yr.
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“He just doesn’t look anywhere near the player and the Brownlow Medal contender that he was at Geelong,” Clark lamented on Triple M.
“West Coast hasn’t got anywhere near the value from Tim Kelly for the big pay cheque, for what they gave up.
“He’s got the big deal, the big money and it just hasn’t worked.”
Kelly, who failed in his first bid to return to WA in 2018 after being recruited by the Cats within the 2017 Draft, lastly bought his want when the Eagles stumped up a powerful draft haul to seal the cope with Geelong.
He signed a six-year cope with West Coast, value an estimated $5 million.
Clark questioned whether or not Kelly may nonetheless be thought of an “A-grader” given his present kind after two full seasons within the west.
Fox Footy analyst Leigh Montagna admitted Kelly had didn’t reside as much as his lofty heights at Geelong thus far.
“At his best, he certainly is still an A-grader – but we certainly haven’t seen it as much as we did at Geelong,” he mentioned on Triple M.
“His first couple of years, he’s come in, point to prove, mature age recruit, playing for a big contract… trying to impress the footy world and was desperate and played like it.
“He’s still played some good footy. Is it one of the bad trades? In hindsight, it’s easy to say yes.”
Montagna applauded West Coast’s in the end unsuccessful guess to remain within the premiership race after the victory in 2018.
“He was there to help them win another premiership or contend for another flag,” Montagna mentioned.
“They felt at the time they were wanting to have one more crack at a flag.
“I’m happy for a club to go all in and try to win another one. I don’t blame them, but now it’s going to set them back a little bit.”
The Eagles have didn’t recruit a high 10 draft decide since Andrew Gaff was taken with decide 4 again in 2010.
Of the gamers drafted first for West Coast between 2011 and 2017, solely two are nonetheless on the Eagles’ checklist.
After giving up two first spherical picks and two second rounders for Kelly, Montagna fears for West Coast’s checklist well being.
“They haven’t got any early first round picks in recent seasons,” Montagna mentioned.
“They need to start a rebuild and they’ve still got a lot of sort of senior players on that list that their best footy is behind them.”
Kelly, one in all 4 gamers rushed again into the Eagles line up after damage, was one West Coast’s higher gamers within the “embarrassing” loss to Sydney on Good Friday.
He collected 16 disposals, three clearances and 4 inside 50s.